Hometown Novel Nights – WQEE Radio Show, Aug 6th

HNN/WQEE Radio Show, August 6th

(Tap the image above to get the actual audio of the radio show – 15 minutes.)

Script used for the Radio Show

Ryan introduction: (use the below as a guideline for your opening comments and introduction)

(Sponsor – Southern Fried Books, 29 Jackson Street, Newnan. Downtown Newnan’s only independent bookstore, and they offer a wide selection of best-sellers and award-winning books with adult, children’s and special-interest titles to suit your fancy. Many of the Hometown Novel Night authors have their books available in the Southern Fried Books local author section.)

Hometown Novel Nights“Bringing Local Authors and Local Audiences Together South of Atlanta”

In fact, this Thursday evening, August 8th at 6:30 PM, Newnan’s own Carnegie Library will host the next edition of Hometown Novel Nights with three more awesome authors on this month’s panel. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves this morning… We will share more details in just a few minutes, but first…

Host Introduction: His friends and family know him as Mike. However, he also goes by T. M. Brown, an award-winning local Southern author who proudly calls Coweta County home.

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Mike: 

Thank you, Ryan, and thank all you listeners of WQEE—Rock the Key.

Last month many of you heard the interview with my special guest, Mister Steve McCondichie, the owner of Southern Fried Books and SFK Publishing & Media. We also learned he is also an accomplished author as well. His bookstore hosted a special edition of Hometown Novel Nights back on July 18th. The  standing room turnout got to listen to and interact with two nationally-acclaimed, award-winning authors, Roger Johns and Mickey Dubrow.

I want to thank everyone who came out and enjoyed that event. I hope more and more of the listeners will discover the growing inventory of new books that Southern Fried Books is offering in its quaint location on Jackson Street—two blocks off of Court Square next door to Christy’s Restaurant.

This morning, I have another outstanding special guest, a bibliophile extraordinaire.   

  • University of West Georgia, B.S. Sports Management/Marketing – Cum Laude, 2012 
  • Owner of her own Photography enterprise since 2010
  • Co-Founder/Chief Photographer, CowetaLife.org since 2014
  • Freelance Photographer, Newnan Times Herald since 2016
  • Senior Carnegie Library Assistant, Adult Programs
    Mar 2017 – May 2019
  • Volunteer Board Member, Newnan Artist in Residence Program since last summer
  • And, most recently, Susan Crutchfield was named the Newnan Carnegie Library Director in May 2019

And, she’s a great supporter of Hometown Novel Nights.

Welcome, Susan.

I know you are no stranger to WQEE’s audience, and, in fact, only yesterday morning, you and Ryan discussed the growth of audible books. I was fascinated since I was headed to Southern Fried Books on Jackson Street in Newnan.

I am working with SFK Media to soon begin recording the narration of the first two novels in my Shiloh Mystery Series, while book three is working its way through the crucible of the publishing process, and hopefully will be on bookshelves this time next year.

For those who may not have caught your interview yesterday, “what is the biggest advantage of audible books in your opinion?”

(Susan response)

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It also appears printed books have staved off the initial gloom and doom prognostications after Amazon introduced Kindle eBooks in 2007. 

Even with so many current eBook formats and sources, the market share for eBooks in general seems to have waned in the last couple of years.

What are your thoughts on the future of printed books versus digital published options? Printed books have been around for hundreds of years. Are they destined to the same fate as dinosaurs?

(Susan response)

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Finally, now that we’ve held our first Hometown Novel Nights program back in June at the library, tell us what you think about our interactive local author format.

(Susan response)

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This Thursday evening at 6:30 PM in the upstairs auditorium of the Newnan Carnegie Library, we have three more outstanding and award-winning authors on tap to talk about themselves, their writing journeys, and their books.

Toby Nix is a weekly guest columnist for the Newnan Times Herald. He will be talking about his column writing journey and his book entitled, “Columns I Wrote.”

He says about himself, “I have made about every mistake a person can make but thankfully the people in my life have better hearts than I and have seen fit to give me another chance… hopefully soon I will get back out and gig a little on the side…” 

I bet there’ll be quite a few Toby Nix fans in attendance Thursday night.

Angie Gallion is an accomplished, multi-book author who resides with her husband and two precocious daughters in Sharpsburg. However, she confesses that she “was raised on the rhythm of night trains rolling through Bushton, Illinois, where she became an outside child with a big imagination.”

She enjoys exploring complex relationships, often set against the backdrop of addiction or mental illness. Her debut novel, Intoxic, received the Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite in the General Fiction, which inspired her to since write the 4-books in the Alison Hayes Journey, a coming-of-age series. This past year she released Off the Dark Ledge, her first psychological thriller.

Angie’s also a partner and major force behind the success Hometown Novel Nights has realized over the past year.

Paul Sinor is a published novelist and a produced screenwriter who currently resides in Barnesville, Georgia. He has taught screen writing at the University of West Florida and at Shoreline College in Seattle Washington. He has an MFA in Creative Writing, A B.A in Criminology and is a retired LTCol in the US Army.

He describes himself as an “Author, Screen writer, and Producer—occasionally a handyman, if I can fix it with a wire hanger and duct tape. An All Around Renaissance Man!”

His Max Maxwell Series has received awards and accolades, and his fourth, That Old Black Magic, just got published. Here’s a hint to the nature of his political thriller novels:

“How far will the government go to protect one of its own and how far will that same government go to destroy one of its own? Max and Anna find out in the streets of New Orleans and the bayous and swamps where voodoo is practiced.”

Paul has also written the Johnny Morocco Mystery series – a 1950s Atlanta based, gripping two-book serial, and a stand-alone thriller about the rescue efforts of an American Vietnam POW.

Paul’s been a screen-writer, producer and technical adviser on several well-known television and movie productions. His story will be a real treat for everyone who joins us this Thursday evening at 6:30 PM at the Carnegie Library. 

If you’d like to know more this and future monthly programs, visit @HometownNovelNights on Facebook. Though tickets are free, please register for the event by signing up for a ticket. That’ll help Susan and I plan on enough chairs for Thursday night’s program.

For those looking ahead for the rest of 2019, Hometown Novel Nights will return to Roger’s Barbecue in Hogansville on September 19th and November 21st. We’ll return to the Carnegie in Newnan on October 10th and end the year with a Christmas themed program on December 12th. 

Each month we’ll have a panel of award-winning, published authors to introduce to you, all from the surrounding local area.

We already are beginning to plan on the 2020 slate of authors, and we have the prospect of an additional venue that we will soon disclose as well.

On behalf of Susan Crutchfield, the Newnan Carnegie Library, Roger’s Barbecue in Hogansville, Corner Arts Gallery and Studios, and of course our sponsor, Southern Fried Books—thank you. We’ll be back next month with another special guest and another preview of the next Hometown Novel Nights program. Hope you’ll tune in again on Tuesday, September 10th at 9:30 AM. 

Thank you, Ryan and Thank you, WQEE!

See you next month!

Follow the link to Hometown Novel Nights FB Page for more information of upcoming programs and author panels.

Send any comments by email to mike@TMBrownAuthor.com

What is Hometown Novel Nights?

Event Venues in Hogansville and Newnan, GA
Three Author Panel each month talks about themselves, their writing journey, and their books.
Follow the link to a brief video introduction to Hometown Novel Nights

Authors looking to participate should follow the link above to Hometown Novel Nights Facebook page and message us or email TM Brown directly.

Hometown Novel Nights is expanding in 2020 to Senoia, GA and making its program available to bookstores throughout the Greater Atlanta area. Our goal is to connect local authors with local audiences in an engaging, interactive, and informative format to introduce homegrown talent. Who knows which of the authors at Hometown Novel Nights will become the next National Bestselling Author from Georgia?

Southern Writers Magazine – Summer Catalog 2019

There’s still plenty of time left before school begins again. Here is a great catalog go Summer reads with quick order links to finish your summer vacation with plenty of good reading to fill those lazy days at the beach, poolside, or swinging on a hammock.

If you’d like to order either of my Shiloh Mystery novels directly from me and receive them signed, please visit Southern Fried Books, Newnan, GA to order. They are my exclusive hometown book retailer with plenty of my special printed editions on the shelf, signed for immediate delivery. You csn also email me directly: mike@tmbrownauthor.com

Southern Voices from the Past – Corra Harris

Corra Harris, 1869-1935 wrote her Circuit Rider’s Trilogy from 1910-1921.

Novelist Corra Harris forged the way for Southern women writers in the early decades of the 20th-Century. Her notoriety as a humorist, southern apologist, and torchbearer of the premodern agrarian life developed through countless published short stories and essays in the likes of Saturday Evening Post, Harper’s, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, and other notable periodicals. Mostly self-taught during her formative years raised in North Georgia, Corra married a Methodist minister, but she became a life-long widow by 1910. Faced with financial responsibilities, she focused on her writing out of necessity.

Corra’s most notable works were A Circuit Rider’s Wife (1910), A Circuit Rider’s Widow (1916), and My Son (1921). The trilogy focused upon the story of itinerant Methodist preacher William Thompson and his wife, and their life together traveling his church circuit in North Georgia. Her stories portrayed rural mountain folklife, and the hardships circuit ministers during that time in an earthy simplicity that readers have enjoyed over the years. In 1998 her Circuit Rider’s Wife was republished by University of Georgia Press

Source: New Georgia Encyclopedia

T. M. Brown, Southern Author
Southern Collective Experience

Why Southern Literature Resonates

Why does Southern literature appeal to audiences decades after their authors have left us? Why do their books line our bookshelves as timeless classics? Would you consider reading more about Corra Harris?

What other Southern classics would you include on our list of timeless and borderless must-reads? I welcome reading what you would add to the list of past Southern Voices and Classics.

Visit my webpage for a list of my scheduled appearances at various indie bookstores and workshop venues throughout the South in the coming weeks and months. Learn how past Southern Voices have influenced me to write my stories – Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories and Testament, An Unexpected Return.